Robert J. Allison, PhD

Suffolk University - Professor and Chair, History Department

Dr. Robert Allison is a Professor of History and Chair of the Department at Suffolk University in Boston. He and also teaches in the Harvard Extension School. He writes about American history and is a prolific author and editor. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 (2000); A Short History of Boston (2004); Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2005); The Boston Massacre (2006); The Boston Tea Party (2007); and A Short History of Cape Cod (2010). He also has several editing credits for his work on books of U.S. history, from the colonial era through the 20th century. He graduated from the Harvard Extension School with an A.L.B. And then earned a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 1992. Professor Allison received the Harvard Extension School’s Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997, the Suffolk University Student Government Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006, and the Suffolk University Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007.

Professor Allison was a consultant to the Commonwealth Museum at the State Archives in Boston, and he is on the board of overseers of the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and president of the South Boston Historical Society

 

Robert J. Allison, PhD

Suffolk University

Professor
Chair, Department of History

Education

PhD, Harvard University

MA, Harvard University

BA, Harvard University Extension

Publications

 

Professor Allison’s books include:

A short History of Cape Cod (2010)

The Boston Tea Party (2007)

The Boston Massacre (2006)

Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (2005)

A Short History of Boston (2004)

The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (Chicago, 2000)

He has also edited several books, including:

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African (Boston, 1995, revised edition, 2004)

The Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783 (Detroit, 1998)

The Development of a Nation, 1783-1815 (Detroit, 1997) in the award-winning American Eras series

History In Dispute: The Pursuit of Progress 1900-1945 (2000)

History in Dispute: The Pursuit of Liberty, 1945-2000 (Detroit, 2000)

 

Community Projects

Professor Allison is involved with several museums and historical societies in Boston. He has delivered public lectures at the Bostonian Society, the Adams National Historic Site, and has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Wales, and Turkey.

He is president of the South Boston Historical Society, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

 

Courses Taught

HST 181/182 – American History I, II
HST 383 – Boston: The Heritage of a City
HST 389 – American Constitutional History I
HST 390 – Constitutional History II: From the 14th Amendment to the Present
Colonial and Revolutionary History